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Since 1985, more than 200 companies have formed by licensing technologies from the University of Florida. UF Innovate | Ventures seeks to fuel consistent growth in the number and quality of technology-based startup companies. These startups move UF inventions out of the lab and into the marketplace for the global good. Ventures supports startups by developing entrepreneurs, connecting companies to potential investors, and making equity investments.

UF Innovate | Ventures has a $1 million venture fund available to support startups during each fiscal year. Ventures will assist UF startups in preparing for a financing round and may participate in financings after review and approval by the Investment Committee. Ventures will act as a co-investor with an accredited third-party investor acting as the lead investor of a financing round.

In addition, Ventures oversees an Entrepreneurs in Residence program throughout the state of Florida. With EIRs strategically located throughout Florida in major urban centers, these seasoned entrepreneurial experts will connect UF startups with experienced executives in various industry sectors across the state. Also, the EIR program will connect UF startups to private capital, elevating the probability of success for these new enterprises.

UF Innovate | Ventures will:

  • Invest in breakthrough technologies
  • Connect startups with seasoned entrepreneurs to provide guidance and access to capital
  • Build partnerships between UF innovators, corporations, foundations and investors
  • Suggest available technologies in specific areas of interest that have commercial potential
  • Prepare in-depth financial data analyses for potential investments
  • Work closely with angel groups and other investment funds
  • Develop entrepreneurs

How can Ventures help your startup?

If you have a company that has licensed or optioned UF technology and you think it’s fundable, please submit your pitch deck to

What your startup should have:

  1. An active license or option agreement for any UF technology
  2. A viable idea for a product or service
  3. Strong IP
  4. Large market size
  5. A need for investment

Submit your pitch deck, and we’ll review it, give you some feedback, and connect.

Submit your pitch deck

Think your startup meets the criteria for a piece of the venture fund? Make your pitch!

Got what it takes to be an EIR?

If you’re the Entrepreneur in Residence we’re seeking, shoot us an email with your reasons why.

Contact Info

Address & Directions

Physical Address:
UF Innovate | Ventures
747 Southwest 2nd Avenue, Suite 108
Gainesville, FL 32601

Mailing Address:
UF Innovate | Ventures
P.O. Box 115575
Gainesville, FL 32611-5575

Phone Number:
(352) 392-8929


Staff Directory


Photo of Jackson Streeter Jackson Streeter Director, Ventures

As the director of UF Innovate | Ventures, Dr. Jackson Streeter will lead efforts to fuel consistent growth in the number and quality of UF technology-based startup companies. He will source new venture investments, prepare in-depth financial and data analyses for potential investments, work closely with angel groups and other investment funds, and develop entrepreneurs. Jackson will serve as a liaison between public and private sectors in the application and implementation of an investment program intended to support UF startups.

Before joining UF Innovate, Jackson was the CEO and executive director of the Florida Technology Seed Capital Fund, a seed-stage venture fund investing in companies commercializing technologies developed at Florida universities, colleges or research institutes. Under his direction, the fund created more than 50 companies with private investment matching Florida state funding at a 9:1 ratio. Jackson also served as the CEO of Banyan Biomarkers, a UF startup commercializing the first-ever blood test for traumatic brain injury that received FDA clearance in early 2018. Jackson also founded and served as CEO for PhotoThera, Inc., where he raised more than $120M in private capital and designed and managed five U.S. and international clinical trials for the treatment of stroke. He also co-founded American Veterinary Laser, which was acquired in a private transaction.

Jackson is the inventor of more than 20 patented technologies and the author on multiple scientific publications.

He earned his B.S. degree in biology from the University of Nevada Reno and his M.D. from the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy, completing a general surgery internship at Naval Regional Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, and then primary flight school at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola. During his military service, he was the first naval flight surgeon selected as a Top Gun staff instructor, served on several overseas deployments, and was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal and the Navy Commendation Medal.

Photo of Dawn Meyers Dawn Meyers Operations Manager

Dawn supervises three administrative support assistants who, in turn, support 13 Tech Licensing staff members. She assists Jim O’Connell, who directs Tech Licensing and the umbrella organization, UF Innovate. And in those ways (and many more), Dawn assists all members of the organization.

She schedules and prepares agendas and handouts, coordinates internal meetings as well as meetings with high-level visitors. She coordinates travel, arranges for business meals, prepares reports and presentations, handles the office budget, reconciles expenditures, assists in planning and implementing investor and innovator events, maintains the UF Innovate van, keeps office and break room supplies ordered and available, and otherwise keeps the office running like a well-oiled machine.

Before joining UF Innovate | Tech Licensing in 2003, Dawn worked as a legal secretary for a law office and as a bank accounting clerk.

Dawn studied accounting at East Stroudsberg University and Northampton County Community College in Pennsylvania.

Photo of Sara Dagen Sara Dagen Marketing & Communications Manager

Sara handles marketing and communications for all of the entities under UF Innovate. On any given day, she might mine news about our startups or innovators to share on social media, edit website content or find a fix for one more glitch, create flyers or documents for events, plan events, or write articles about the exciting happenings at UF Innovate.

After joining the UF Innovate team in 2014, Sara worked her way up from a technical editor to the communications manager. In these capacities, Sara is forced to use both sides of her brain, interpreting science speak to communicate to a business audience. Previously, she used both sides of her brain teaching Algebra and English to middle and high school students. She also worked at The Gainesville Sun as a writer and editor.

Sara holds a B.S. in journalism and a M.Ed. in educational technology from the University of Florida.

Photo of Veronica Talavera Veronica Talavera Marketing & Communications Specialist

Veronica is the marketing and communications specialist for UF Innovate. In that role, she handles a number of projects from Tech Licensing, The Hub, and Sid Martin Biotech, which includes working with student interns, editing and marketing non-confidential summaries of innovations from UF researchers, creating flyers, updating the UF Innovate website, promoting UF and incubator startups on the website and on social media, and so much more.

She has gained extensive experience in the production of various marketing and public relations materials, large-scale event planning, marketing campaigns, and research. As program coordinator for the Collaboratory for Women Innovators, Veronica gained experience working with entrepreneurs and innovators as well as a passion for the entire innovation ecosystem that exists under the UF Innovate umbrella. She is a former Corporate Social Responsibility Coordinator for a supermarket chain and a Public Relations Executive for a full-service, global creative boutique that specializes in marketing and communications strategies, among other roles in her field of expertise, in Honduras.

Veronica obtained her bachelor’s degree in Communication and Advertising from the Central American Technological University (UNITEC) in Honduras, a specialization in Public Relations and Organizational Communication at the Journalism and Advertising University (CUPP) in Mexico and her master’s degree in Marketing Management in UNITEC.